TAMPA, Fla. - Sixteen years later Renea Motley recalls that night like it was last night. A traffic stop over her son's expired license plate ended in a trip to jail. She calls it the most horrifying experience of her life.
Deputies charged Motley with writing bad checks in 3 different counties. This single Mom spent 43 days behind bars. That’s how long it took to clear her name.
Motley says at the time she had no idea identity theft could wreck both her life and her credit.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, victims spend an average of 600 hours getting their life back to normal after an ID thief strikes.
The bad guys get their hands on our personal information via data breaches, credit card skimmers and by getting their hands on documents that contain our digits.
Motley learned the hard way protecting your identity is much easier than getting it back.